2015 Class: Taj Griffin

With dead period upon us, eDuck.com is taking a look at each member of Oregon's current recruiting class and spotlighting what they're bringing to Eugene. In this edition: running back Taj Griffin

Taj Griffin

Running Back

Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern HS

5-foot-10, 169-pounds

Commitment Date — April 24, 2014

How he became a Duck — The Ducks had been on Griffin for a long time and when he committed back in April, he was the most celebrated commitment of the spring. His commitment hasn’t wavered since then as he was one of three players to sign a financial aid agreement with the Ducks back in September.

He told Scout.com’s Chad Simmons that he chose Oregon because of his comfortability with the coaching staff and because their high-powered offense fit his playing style.

Quote —“I’ll be back a hundred percent probably by July of next year. I’ll probably be running back full speed, back on my feet getting ready for the season and going into camp.” — Griffin on recovering from a torn ACL.

What he brings to the table — Griffin’s senior season was dashed on opening night when he suffered a torn ACL in the fourth quarter of McEachern’s loss to North Gwinnett. Before the injury, the four-star prospect and top running back in the state of Georgia flashed his speed and shiftiness en route to three touchdowns in the first quarter alone in that same game.

On film, Griffin, a U.S. Army All-American, appears to be a game changer with his all-around skill set. More De’Anthony Thomas than Royce Freeman, he can change direction on a dime and accelerate up field past the defense before they can adjust. Players like Griffin can be used in several ways in the Oregon offense, whether as a straight-up running back, a slot receiver or just an extra receiver out of the backfield.

In Eugene, Griffin will have the chance to further the thunder/lightning dynamic for the Ducks alongside Freeman. Combining a power running back in Freeman with more of a speedster like Griffin gives the Ducks offense more flexibility and an ability to change things up as the defense adjusts.

The big thing will obviously be getting completely healthy. While knee injuries aren’t as daunting as they used to be, it still isn’t something to take lightly. If Griffin returns to his old form, and he told Scout.com’s Chad Simmons he intends to by next summer, the Ducks may have found their next elite running back.

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